Three years ago, SoupGrant Lansing opened its doors for the first time. Over the years, we’ve connected countless community members and helped over thirty Lansing organizations reach their goals. This Thursday, we’re celebrating our birthday with a special reunion Soup!
Come out and join us as we welcome back Lansing Track Club, Gateway’s TRUE Project and Helping Women Period. As usual, there will be tons of soup for all tastes – and birthday cake! Bring your friends and family for a great meal and great ideas.
To learn about this month’s presenters, click here.
This month, we’ll be hearing presentations from three of our past favorites: Lansing Track Club, Gateway’s TRUE Project, and Helping Women Period. Here’s a little more information about each of them.
Lansing Track Club
Lansing Area Track Club is a nonprofit that offers sports to families in south Lansing. They aim to reach families with single parents, multiple children, or low incomes, and offer their kids an inexpensive extracurricular that gets them up and moving. If Lansing Track Club wins this month’s grant, they will put the money toward new uniforms, track equipment, and transportation assistance for working parents. For more information, visit the Track Club’s Facebook page.
TRUE is an LGBTQ teen support group that meets weekly in Lansing. They provide positive social connections for youth who may feel alienated at school or home. Some current group activities include therapeutic art projects, education about sexual health and other LGBTQ issues, and trips to community events. This month’s grant would help TRUE coordinate group events and continue serving Lansing’s youth. For more information on TRUE, check out their Facebook page here.
Helping Women Period
Helping Women Period is a nonprofit that partners with charities to provide pads and tampons for low income and homeless women. WIC, SNAP, and other government assistance programs do not provide feminine products. Helping Women Period’s mission is to fulfill that basic need for every woman, regardless of income. If they won the August grant, they would use the funds to purchase products for distribution. For more info, visit their website.
Lettuce Live Well
Lettuce Live Well is a nonprofit established on the principle that nutrition education should be free for everyone. The organization offers free, 90-minute guided grocery store tours led by nutritional coaches, during which participants are given information on shopping for health and affordability. The founders of Lettuce Live Well hope to foster a healthier community by teaching Lansing residents that eating healthfully can be both easy and wallet-friendly. If they were to win this month’s SoupGrant, Lettuce Live Well would return the funds to their participants. The money would be used to purchase reusable grocery bags, recipe and information booklets, and $10 gift cards to the participating grocery store. To learn more about Lettuce Live Well, visit their website.
Lansing Track Club
The Lansing Area Track club is a nonprofit organization that offers sports to families in south Lansing. Their hope is to reach those who are single parents, have multiple children, or simply cannot afford to allow their children to participate in sports, and make those activities accessible to them. Through participation in the Lansing Track Club, kids learn the importance of team-building and physical activity in a safe, fun environment. If the Lansing Track Club is awarded the June grant, they will put the money toward team uniforms and transportation assistance for working parents. For more information on the Track Club, you can visit their Facebook page here.
After a close race, the Ingham County Animal Control Outreach Center received a $185 SoupGrant to help expand their pet food bank program! This month’s dollars will go toward new shelving for the nonprofit, allowing them to better care for their clients and broaden their outreach to new ones. The Outreach Center is always seeking volunteers and donations; if you would like to learn more or find ways to get involved, check out their website and Facebook page!
Break the Chain, our March and April runner-up, illuminated an underreported cause and answered numerous questions from our attendees. The nonprofit documentary team still needs to raise money for their upcoming premiere! If you would like to donate or learn more about the cause, you can visit their website at breakthechainfilm.com, or like them on Facebook for regular updates.
Both competitors gave moving and informative presentations, making the choice a difficult one, but we thrive on this kind of action and debate! If you have an idea that would spark discussion and change in greater Lansing, fill out our application for a chance at your own SoupGrant. We look forward to hearing two more great presenters at our next event on May 19th, and we hope to see you there!
Ingham County Animal Control Outreach
The Ingham County Animal Control Outreach Center aims to provide assistance to the pet owners of Ingham County by providing them with various resources to help out with the costs and responsibilities of pet ownership. The center runs a food bank program that provides people in need with dry dog or cat food; additionally, they hold low-cost vaccination and licensing clinics, provide information on spay/neuter programs, and have a wide variety of low-cost pet supplies. If the Ingham County Animal Control Outreach Center wins the April SoupGrant, they will utilize the funds to purchase shelving and supplies for their food bank program. For more information on the Ingham County Animal Control Outreach Center, please visit their website here.
Break the Chain
Our March runner-up, Break the Chain, is returning for a second chance at a grant! Break the Chain is a documentary film focusing on human trafficking within Michigan. Human trafficking is often viewed as occurring solely on an international level; however, the film was created to draw attention to the prevalence of both labor and sex trafficking on local levels. The Human Trafficking Taskforce, nonprofits, and local shelters will use the film to spread awareness and educate the public about the cause. If Break the Chain wins the April SoupGrant, the documentary team will use the money to cover a theater rental to premiere the film, as well as the travel expenses accumulated during shooting. To learn more about Break the Chain, please visit their website here.
Break the Chain
Break the Chain is a documentary film focusing on human trafficking within Michigan. Human trafficking is often viewed as occurring solely on an international level; however, the film was created to draw attention to the prevalence of both labor and sex trafficking on local levels. The Human Trafficking Taskforce, nonprofits, and local shelters will use the film to spread awareness and educate the public about the cause. If Break the Chain won the March SoupGrant, the documentary team would use the money to cover a theater rental to premiere the film, as well as the travel expenses accumulated during shooting. To learn more about Break the Chain, please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/break-the-chain–6#/.
Children’s Hospital Pillow Project
The Children’s Hospital Pillow Project is a volunteer project that sews homemade positioning pillows for chronically ill and recovering children in Michigan children’s hospitals. Run through the Olivia Kay Foundation, the Pillow Project aims to improve the quality of life for children with severe impairments and illnesses. The pillows created through the project provide joy and comfort to bedridden children while simultaneously accommodating ventilator tubing and providing support. If the Pillow Project won this month’s SoupGrant, the organization would use the money to purchase more fabric and supplies to continue supplying more hospitals on a monthly basis. For more information on the Pillow Project and the Olivia Kay Foundation, please visit http://oliviakayfoundation.org/pillows-for-the-picu-campaign/.
SoupGrant Lansing is looking for presenters for a special event at the Everybody Eats Conference! This annual event aims to spark conversation about equity, ethics, and sustainability in Lansing’s food systems. On Saturday, March 19th, conference participants will gather at St. Casimir’s School in Lansing to share their efforts in making healthy, fresh, and sustainable food sources accessible to all members of our community. The SoupGrant team is thrilled for this opportunity to engage with our community members and make a positive impact. We are seeking four food-related initiatives to present at the conference. One of these presenters will receive a microgrant to make their project a reality! If you have a proposal that you would like to present at the conference, please fill out our grant application here. The submission deadline is March 10th.
Just like SoupGrant events, anyone is invited to attend. General admission is $20, or $25 at the door. To register and learn more about the conference, go to every-body-eats.weebly.com. We look forward to hearing your ideas and spreading the word about food democracy!